Grants Given in Australia

Round 34

April to June 2017

Cause Region Amount

Wyndarra Centre Inc.

Wyndarra's purpose is to promote and provide resources for the well being of the Circular Head Community by supporting those who experience devaluation, disadvantage and discrimination. Wyndarra provide a lawn mowing service to the frail or aged, provided by a dedicated group of committed volunteers. This service allows the recipients a sense of well being, creating a safe and well kept environment which enables them to continue to live and stay in their own homes. This service is well used by over 20 recipients, and the grant will be used to purchase new lawn mowers to assist in continuing this valuable service.

Tasmania $2,000

North East Animal Sanctuary Tasmania

The North East Animal Sanctuary Tasmania rescues and re-homes domestic pets in need. They ensure that all residents of the Break O’Day and Dorset municipalities (roughly 14,000 people) have easier access to a reputable domestic pet shelter – to both adopt from, and relinquish to. NEAST is the first of its kind for these municipalities, and the closest option previously was in Launceston, up to 2.5 hours drive away. They also educate owners and potential owners on animal health and maintenance, and aim to reduce the number of unwanted litters within the area via education and a strict in house policy on neutering. NEAST provides a service to the community by taking in stray, unwanted and abandoned cats, dogs, puppies and kittens that need assistance. All of these animals receive health checks, vaccinations, micro-chipping, neutering and flea/worm treatments to provide the best outcome to ensure they're ready for their permanent home. The North East Animal Sanctuary lacks a place to safely quarantine new kitten intakes, and is limited in the number of adult cats taken in to re-home due to lack of appropriate sized enclosures. They're also restricted to only taking in puppies and dogs that can be cared for by foster carers due to lack of safe kennels and runs. Funding granted by the Harcourts Foundation will contribute towards the establishment of a number of multipurpose kennels and a larger cattery at the sanctuary.

Tasmania $2,500

Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers (t/as Conservation Volunteers Australia)

Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has been operating for over 30 years to "inspire change by connecting people with nature". Our community engagement model helps them to attract and manage volunteers to participate in local projects that protect or enhance our environment and heritage. The Greater Launceston community, including Georgetown, has a population of over 100,000 people, geographically united by the Tamar Estuary and in recent years, concern about the state of the Tamar Estuary has risen markedly. This project provides the opportunity for the community to make a positive contribution to the health of their estuary.

Tasmania $5,000

RBWH Foundation - Butterfly Babies

The Butterfly Ball is an initiative of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation. Funds raised are directed to Australia's largest group researching pregnancy and birth-related tragedies - the Perinatal Research Centre - as well as to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RBWH for medical equipment. This is the 5th year in a row that the Harcourts Foundation has been able to support this wonderful organisation as naming rights sponsor for the Butterly Ball 2017 taking place 18th November.

Queensland $18,000

Story Dogs Ltd.

Story Dogs is a reading support program where selected children read to an accredited dog and its handler. When children read to a dog the outcomes are amazing; they have fun, they are not judged, their focus improves, their reading skills increase and their confidence soars. Reading takes place in a quiet area of the school such as the library or verandah outside the classroom. Sessions run for 20 minutes, where each child is one-on-one with the Dog Team. The same children are seen each week so that a rapport with the child, dog and volunteer is developed. These funds will be used to recruit, accredit, train and place two Dog Teams into local Noosa schools. Teachers choose the students for the program focusing on those who needs are the highest and are falling behind. Experience has shown that their volunteers stay with the program for at least three years. So in the long term this project will help over 30 disadvantaged young students learn to read.

Queensland $1,670

Childhood Cancer Association Inc.

The Childhood Cancer Association is South Australia’s key childhood cancer support association, providing hands on support to over 400 children with cancer and their families. In 2016 in South Australia, 49 children were newly diagnosed with cancer, 7 children relapsed and sadly 9 passed away. At the Childhood Cancer Association, they believe families deserve the best possible care and support so they don’t face their cancer journey alone, and provide a range of 30 services to support them. Harcourts Packham held a Quiz Night, raising over $10,700 toward "Bradley's Place" - a respite accommodation for families to take a break away from the demands of the hospital, or as a safe and comfortable space for families with children receiving palliative care treatment to create some lifelong special memories together. Since its establishment, Bradley’s Place has provided more than 600 families with the opportunity to escape to for essential respite. This grant of $12,000 will help to run Bradley's Place for 12 months.

South Australia $12,000

Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons Inc.

The Adelaide Day Centre in Moore Street, founded by Sister Janet Mead in 1985, provides a meal, material assistance and financial and budgeting assistance for homeless and isolated men. Operated as a household community, they have daily activities such as crafts, cooking, gardening, woodwork a shared cooked lunch and all sorts of living skills and social celebrations. The "Winter Appeal" is part of their Crisis Response and Rehabilitation aim, to provide foam mattresses, bedding, and warming heaters for homeless people newly housed to enable recovery and rehabilitation.

South Australia and Corporate Choice $3,000

Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) delivers responsive, flexible and evidence-informed services for people with autism and their families. They have the largest autism-specific schools program, with 9 base schools, over 100 satellite classes and close to 1,000 students. This grant will fund the creation of a sensory equipment playground for the Aspect Treetop School in SA - the only autism specific school in SA, which caters to students from Reception to Year 10. Sensory equipment assists with the development of their gross motor skills and motor planning abilities as well as improving social interactions required to integrate into more inclusive school settings and the community.

South Australia $5,000

Foodbank of South Australia Incorporated

Established in SA in 2000, Foodbank's core concept is simple – to feed those in need by redistributing surplus food. Last year Foodbank provided over four million meals through its main warehouse at Edwardstown and regional distribution centres in Mount Gambier, Berri and Whyalla, and Community Food Hubs in Bowden, Edwardstown, Elizabeth and Port Pirie. Meal packs are popular among the hub clients with limited culinary and cooking skills, assisting in developing the confidence that they will be preparing a nutritionally balanced meal in the most cost effective manner. They aim to provide a series of packs with a nutritious recipe together with ingredients to cook each meal. Funding is needed to purchase products, packaging and print recipes. A $5,000 grant will assist them to provide meal packs for a period of five weeks, serving more than 4,000 clients.

South Australia $5,000

Women's & Children's Hospital Foundation (Team Kids)

TeamKids is the fundraising platform for the Womens & Childrens Hospital Foundation, raising money to support the Womens & Childrens Hospital in Adelaide. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are raising funds to renovate the Parent Overnight Rooms, allowing the families of the sickest children to stay close by when times are at their toughest. This grant will help fund TeamKids High Tea event on 5th November 2017, with 200 guests to attend, and raise funding for the renovation.

South Australia $1,000

ManUp! Qld Inc.

ManUp! is committed to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on men and their families in Queensland. In 2017 ManUp! will conduct five major tours throughout rural and regional Queensland as part of their Prostate Cancer Educational Program, with the goal of raising the public's awareness of prostate cancer, its detection, its treatment and the need for a program that offers support to men living with the disease. It is only through awareness and education that prostate cancer will be detected at an earlier, more treatable stage. ManUp! will work with Queensland Health, the Queensland Primary Health Networks, local Councils, Chambers of Commerce and local businesses in each community visited to ensure the success of the program. ManUp! will distribute free information brochures and support material at all of the information sessions held in each community. They hope to reach more than 50,000 men between the ages of 40-75 years, and their families, in more than 68 rural communities in Queensland in 2017.

Landmark Harcourts $1,000

Leukaemia Foundation - Light the Night Cotton Tree

The Leukaemia Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of blood cancer patients and their families by providing a range of free support services for patients to give them the best chance of survival and improve their quality of life. They seek support for their annual Light the Night event to be held at Cotton Tree, Maroochydore - a lantern-lit walk for those in our communties affected by blood cancers - on Friday 6th October, with approximately 500 participants on the night. A grant of $1000 will cover the cost of hire equipment including staging, marquee and seating. Any costs they are able to fund externally allows them to support more patients.

National - Corporate Choice $1,000

Beyond Blue

Three million Australians are currently experiencing anxiety or depression. Every day, nearly eight people take their own lives. Because this affects all of us, beyondblue are equipping everyone in Australia with the knowledge and skills to protect their own mental health. They’re giving people the confidence to support those around them, and making anxiety, depression and suicide part of everyday conversations. And as well as tackling stigma, prejudice and discrimination, they’re breaking down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up and reaching out. Beyondblue are here for everyone in Australia – at work, home, school, university, online, and in communities across the country, to provide information and support to help everyone achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. This grant is the result of a fundraiser at the Harcourts Australia National Conference in May 2017.

National $403

Orange Sky Laundry

Australia's first mobile laundry service for the homeless. A world first—launched in Brisbane in 2014—the vans are custom-fitted with two industrial washers and dryers. As of September 2016, Orange Sky Laundry has 10 vans operating across Australian parks and drop in centres in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne CBD, Melbourne SE, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. Every week this fleet of mobile laundries complete more than 7000kgs of laundry for some of the 105,000 Australians who are identified as being homeless., and is run by a team of more than 600 volunteers who provide over 1300 hours of non-judgemental conversation every week. Orange Sky has recently launched "Orange Sky Showers", a new project which will deliver a mobile shower service to our homeless friends so that they can put clean clothes on a clean body, and have the confidence to complete everyday tasks such as visiting the supermarket or using public transport. This grant is the result of a fundraiser at the Harcourts Australia National Conference in May 2017.

National $335

RSPCA Australia

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) is Australia’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Australia. RSPCA has a long history of caring for all creatures great and small, spanning over 130 years. The RSPCA runs 40 shelters and employs around 1,000 staff at a cost of more than $100 million each year to deliver all of their services which help improve the lives of Australian animals. This grant is the result of a fundraiser at the Harcourts Australia National Conference in May 2017.

National $262